Washington (CNN) - Government and politics teacher Dawn Quarles' voice goes tight with frustration when she thinks back to how trying to register her students to vote thrust her into the center of Florida's high profile and deeply partisan voting rights controversy.
"I never felt like the voting process was on my side... That's not the way it's supposed to be," said Quarles, a registered Republican who was slapped with a $1,000 fine when she ran afoul of a state law requiring a 48-hour deadline for third parties to turn in voter registration forms.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Florida program clearly violated voter registration laws.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Removing non-U.S. citizens from lists of registered voters is a legal necessity, the Republican governor of Florida asserted Tuesday after his state was threatened with legal action by the U.S. Department of Justice over the so-called voter "purge."
Gov. Rick Scott said on CNN's "Starting Point" the state had identified "almost 100 individuals" who had registered to vote but weren't U.S. citizens.
(CNN) – Florida's Republican-appointed secretary of state issued a tough rebuke to the United States Justice Department late Wednesday, writing his state's effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from voter rolls was both consistent with federal law and necessary to protect against fraud.
Ken Detzner, appointed to his post by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was responding to Justice Department questions about the legality of the voter roll "purge," which comes five months ahead of a presidential election in which swing state Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, will play an influential role. In defending his state's decision, Detzner slammed the federal government for restricting access to federal citizenship databases, saying such a constraint was illegal.
(CNN) – The Republican governor of Florida rejected Tuesday a request from Tampa's mayor to issue a temporary ban on firearms during the Republican National Convention, slated to take place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the end of August.
In a letter addressed to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Gov. Rick Scott wrote such a ban would infringe on Floridians' constitutional right to bear arms.
(CNN) – Florida's Republican governor predicted Mitt Romney will win his state's primary on Tuesday, aided by support from the Latino community.
Gov. Rick Scott, who was elected in 2010, on Sunday attributed Romney's approval among Hispanic voters to successes in his private and public life.
(CNN) – Gov. Rick Scott knows what Florida Republicans want.
During an interview on CNN’s “John King, USA,” Scott discussed what the Floridian electorate is looking for in a president–based on his own successful gubernatorial run.
(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Rick Perry's statements about Social Security will not hurt his chances among Sunshine State voters in the 2012 presidential campaign.
"I don't think it's a problem," Scott said on MSNBC Wednesday. "I think everybody realizes it's an issue we have to deal with."
(CNN) - Despite his own party's growing push to raise the federal debt ceiling, Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida insisted Wednesday the government should resist any increase in the debt limit.
"We can stop borrowing money at the federal level if we cut our spending at the federal level," Scott said on CNN's "American Morning." "We don't have to keep borrowing more money."
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Starting on July 1 in Florida, anyone who applies for welfare must first pass a drug test.
Some welfare recipients say it's a good idea, for the most part.